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The Carnival of Forgotten Souls


Come one, come all! Lords and Ladies welcome! Enter through the gates and be amazed!

You have never seen such incredible creatures! Exotic beasts from across the world! And the troupers! Youve never even dreamed of such things such as these! Come in and see! Two coppers is a paltry sum for the chance to see such wonders! Step right this way, and mind your step

The Carnival of Forgotten Souls, or the Carnival as the troupers call it, is a misnomer. Not a single soul here is forgotten, at least not for long.
The carnival consists of a caravan of twelve large covered wagons for the animals and troupers and four for the supplies and tents. Each wagon is drawn by four exceptional draft horses.
Once the largest pavilion is set up the troupers go about erecting their individual tents. The animals (several exotic and hard to capture beasts) are moved in their cages to the largest of the tents and cared for as necessary before the first show.

This show boasts not only exotic animals, but a sideshow of the deformed and bizarre. Bremen the Strong, Arturo the Slight, Aela the Tattooed LadyKorian the Lion Man, Vies the Feral Boy and Tulapon the Missing Link  are the most notoriously sought shows by far.

The additional staff of the Carnival consist of Geldrom (retired caravaneer and guard),
Alten (animal handler and keeper), Bajali (barker and guard), Jynthen (juggler and sometimes cook), Ostal (chef and Fat Lady), Sebella (pickpocket, acrobat, and animal handler), Henesten (engineer and wheelwright), Peldar (street jester, guard, and animal trainer), and Jorth (scribe, accountant, and barber).

Among the many exhibits one can find a plethora of activities to involve themselves.

During the course of a day, Ostal and Jynthen run an open kitchen for the patrons. One can sample many an exotic dish here while being entertained by Jynthens constant jokes and antics juggling the food hes preparing as Ostal watches and frowns (its part of the show).

Alten walks the grounds with one or more of the less dangerous beasts (for the childrens enjoyment), introducing visitors to some of the smaller and rarest of animals. He is extremely careful and keeps a close eye on the animals, sometimes taking an assistant from the crowd (always a small child) to help.

Sebella will oft be seen performing amazing feats of balance and grace, doing cartwheels and flips through the crowd. She is an accomplished mime and has a fair ability to do sleight of hand (a diversion usually, to take notice from her hand in someones pouch).

Peldar walks the whole grounds pretending to b a patron, heckling each performer and barker in turn from the crowd. Most of this is scripted, but improvisation happens often.

Geldrom is most often helping visitors find their way between shows and acting as sheriff, a fact which Peldar delights in using for a well placed joke or two, and caring for the horses.

Jorth scurries about most of the time handling Carnival business, transporting gate fees and the like, under the watchful eyes of Bajali.  He can also be found at times plying his trade as a barber from the back of his wagon, caring for minor ailments and selling salves, oils, and poultices to many patrons (most of which are simple herbal remedies, but some are just plain snake oil).

The Carnival sets up in one night, always at night, and stays few no more than a week. They are always gone by the first light of morning, well on their way to the next town or city.

GM notes: The Carnival can find its way nearly anywhere, in any setting. The animals are left at the GMs discretion.
They are always looking for guards and talented performers, and post for such in local inns and taverns.
Although many minor performers come and go, the list of workers presented here are the constant.
No other headliners are taken into the fold, as this is a ten in one Carnival, ten unique shows.
This traveling show is on the level, but occasionally will hide a person within their ranks who they feel needs help.

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December 7, 2006, 22:17
My only question is... Why would Tulapon be called the "missing link"? Is the theory of evolution widespread in your world? Do they believe that there is a link between humans and apes?
the Wanderer
December 7, 2006, 22:54
It is a theory that has been raised by a sage or two, at least in my game. And it sounded better than "Pinhead"...and I don't think "Mongoloid" is a term that would be used in a world with no Mongols.
Voted Murometz
December 7, 2006, 23:21
Taken as a "whole", every character included, both those written up and those still awaiting the plume, this is simply great! Kudos Wanderer! (I voted in anticipation of the forthcoming opus)

Thats funny, I just had one of these in RP, recently. Since I will probably never write them up myself, may I suggest further geeks, freaks, and carnies? :D

Qil'Vanaros' Endless Dream Journey:

--Qil'Vanaros(Bored Elven taskmaster. Hands out a shiny gold piece to anyone who can guess his exact age, 417)

--The Four-Legged Girl (self-explanatory, see Wiki)

--Vallace the Whipmaster (and Lion-Tamer)

--The Dragon-Child (sentient python)

--The Vanishing Centaur (he is cursed to appear and disappear at random, and at the most inopportune times. He has no control over this.)

--Hanging Kang (hung and strung up by hooks and pincers nightly for everyone's enjoyment. He feels little pain, as his skin and flesh is extremely loose, pliable, and pain-retardent)

--Loiha the Hexwitch (she'll put a curse on someone for you, and for only a few silver pieces!)
December 8, 2006, 5:56
You know, this could actually turn into a scroll of sorts if all of us were allowed to contribute freaks for the Carnival. Splendid concept.
the Wanderer
December 8, 2006, 9:32
This one is a "ten in one", or ten features in one show. I have a larger carnival, a circus really, that I'll post as a scroll. This one is more like a gypsy caravaan or a "family" affair.
Voted Exile
December 8, 2006, 7:28
I like this submission, and I love using freakshows and carnivals in my game. In fact, I have a version of the Autumn people who show up in my game almost every year. That being said, I feel you could have more detail about the carnival it's self. The look of the show, the emotions it evokes. is it simply a business or is there something more sinister? To me it just feels like a link to a bunch, of cool NPCs.

Who runs the show?
December 8, 2006, 9:33
This is an excellent idea for a scroll or even a combined Scroll/Codex! Do it! :)
the Wanderer
December 8, 2006, 11:38
Updated: Touched up a bit here and there, but I'm sure there will be more.
December 9, 2006, 8:38
Much more interesting now. Good job.
Voted Wulfhere
December 8, 2006, 22:07
This could lead to all sorts of odd and interesting encounters. I like it a great deal, especially after the revisions and additions that you have done.

Now, bring on the plots!
the Wanderer
December 8, 2006, 22:10
Now you know there is no play without the cast....give me time, and it will be my pleasure.
Voted Strolen
December 10, 2006, 22:59
Brings to my memory a great and creepy X-Files carnival episode. This is great stuff!
the Wanderer
December 10, 2006, 23:12
You are forgetting "Something Wicked This Way Comes"....one of the many inspirations for this sub.
Thanks for the vote!
Voted Scrasamax
December 11, 2006, 13:51
Not bad, though it doesn't have much on it's own, without the other supporting characters. The title also got me for a bit, since I have seen a movie of the same name.
the Wanderer
December 11, 2006, 14:09
Most carnivals don't. The "headliners" always carry the show. Without the supporting characters a carnival isn't much more than a gypsy caravan with interesting (albeit mundane) people.

As for the title, I had no idea. Now I have to find a copy and watch it!
Voted valadaar
December 11, 2006, 16:02
This is a really good collection of NPCs.

Great job!
the Wanderer
December 22, 2006, 21:26
Updated: Updated: There is an opening in the Carnival!
Applications are being accepted to fill the last open slot in the ten-in-one!
All applicants welcome!

(Send sub in PM. Every NPC will be considered. Please submit all possible subs by 01/30/07)

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